Veronica peregrina L.

Family: Plantaginaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)

only ssp. xalapensis (Kunth) Pennell occurs in California

Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

purslane speedwell

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a dehiscent capsule, obcordate with deep notch, compressed, 3–4 mm long, nearly sessile, with a few scattered glandular hairs.

Seed oblanceolate to oblong in outline, rounded or with a slight protrusion at the base, compressed, cross-section slightly C-shaped (dorsal face slightly rounded and with a large central longitudinal ridge, ventral face ± flat), often ventrally curved inward top to bottom, 0.5–1 mm long x 0.35–0.6 mm wide x 0.15–0.25 mm thick. Surface shiny, with tiny reticulations on top of a wrinkled to honeycombed base, orangish-brown.

Hilum ± round, darkened, centrally located about 2/3 to 3/4 up the ventral side.

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Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)